Fluconazole treats and prevents certain fungal and yeast infections and may also be used for other conditions when used in combination with other drugs as determined by a doctor. Fluconazole is an azole antifungal that kills sensitive fungi by interfering with the formation of the fungal cell membrane. This drug comes in different forms and strengths that include oral capsule, oral tablet, and oral powder for suspension. Some medicines interacts with fluconazole so you should tell your healthcare provider if you are taking other medicines like prescription and non-prescription medicines. Fluconazole does not treat viral infections like the bacteria infection or the common cold; it only works against fungi.
Fluconazole is part of a drug class known as azole antifungals. This drug is used to treat yeast infections, fungal infections, and thrush. Fluconazole helps to slow down the growth of fungus.
Fluconazole is a drug used in the treatment of fungal infections. More specifically, fluconazole is used to treat Candida infections - such as that affecting the mouth, vagina, or bloodstream. Fluconazole works by preventing the conversion of lanosterol to ergosterol, the latter compound being responsible for holding the fungal cell membrane together.
By disturbing ergosterol synthesis, the wall becomes compromised - meaning cells lyse and die. Fluconazole is available in oral, topical, and intravenous formulations and is mostly eliminated from the body through the urine. Common side effects with fluconazole include taste disturbances, stomach pain, headache, and dizziness. It may also cause skin rash and unusual bleeding.